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Users / All I Want For Christmas...
« on: December 22, 2011, 07:24:10 pm »
...Is qOrbiter

(aside from my 2 front teeth)

Users / AirPlay Testing
« on: November 28, 2011, 06:54:14 pm »

I've been fiddling with AirPlay, and I'm not sure based on ticket 1157 ( what is supposed to be working/not yet working. I'm not sure if this is considered ready for testing, so my apologies if this is rushing things...

  • Each quick reload router appears to create a new Airplay instance on my iOS devices (I managed to get rid of duplicates by killing all processes with "AirPlay" in their name, removing the device lock from /usr/pluto/locks/, and doing a router reload)
  • The ticket seems to suggest that playing via AirPlay is intended to result in the Orbiter Remote populating with data. On my system this doesn't happen (orbiter seems to have no knowledge of AirPlay)
  • There seems to be some sort of conflict for access to the sound card output. On my Hybrid, Xine usually has no problem outputting sound. AirPlay generally won't output sound (it appears to be playing on my iPhone, but no sound output). I once (through some combination of router reloads and regenerating the plugin and player devices) got AirPlay to output sound: when I stopped the song on my iPhone, and tried to start playing through Xine, there was no output. It appears that Xine or AirPlay gets access. Note that I'm not trying to have both output sound simultaneously.

I have upgraded to the latest packages, and also uninstalled/reinstalled the devices through webadmin multiple times. Let me know if there's further testing I can do to help.



Users / [SOLVED] HDHomeRun and LMCE 1004 and MythTV
« on: November 20, 2011, 10:22:11 pm »
Anyone successfully running this combo?

* HDHomeRun detects ok, everything shows up in the device tree as normal.
* MythTV setup sees the tuners, channel scan finds my usual 13 OTA stations (with 90%+ signal quality).
* Filldatabase downloads all the proper EIT guide data

BUT, in the front-end, all the channels show 15%-30% signal strength. UI seems to lag out sporadically and Orbiter occasionally reports that   the backend has died and needs to be reset.

Any ideas?

From the backend log:

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2011-11-20 16:23:18.808 TVRec(1): Changing from None to WatchingLiveTV
2011-11-20 16:23:18.816 TVRec(1) Error: Start channel invalid, setting to '9_1' on input MPEG2 instead.
2011-11-20 16:23:18.823 ChannelBase(1): IsTunable(MPEG2TS,9_1) Requested non-existant input 'MPEG2TS':'-1'

Users / ZWave - send command to remote switch
« on: November 12, 2011, 07:54:07 am »
I bought a Z-wave in-wall switch, and it isn't wired to a load - it's just controlling associated Z-wave devices.

When I turn the switch off by hand, a night-light LED at the bottom of the switch turns on. When I turn the group of lights out via LMCE as part of my bedtime scenario, the night light doesn't come on of course. I tried to add the remote switch device to the list of devices controlled by the bedtime scenario, but it seems there are no commands that can be sent to it.

Am I doing something wrong? I remember in Homeseer that the switch itself can be turned on and off remotely (and the night-light changes accordingly).


Users / Can't add Radio station
« on: November 11, 2011, 05:42:09 pm »
Running 10.04, I followed this guide from the wiki:

However there are no assignable attributes for LINUXMCE streamed audio media-type, so I can not add a Genre or Channel Name. How can I fix this?

Users / 1004 apt-get upgrade downloads all packages
« on: November 08, 2011, 09:16:23 pm »
Likely this is a basic question because I don't really understand the apt package updating system...

I'm running 1004 and every day when I run apt-get upgrade it downloads 440MB of packages:

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lmce-autotagger lmce-game-db lmce-launch-manager lmce-linux-igd lmce-mediatomb
  lmce-mythtv-scripts lmce-picture-plugin lmce-picture-viewer lmce-skins-slate lmce-skins-titanium lmce-skins-uita
  lmce-update-system mce-diskless-tools pluto-add-software pluto-app-server pluto-asterisk pluto-avwizard
  pluto-avwizard-skin-basic pluto-boot-scripts pluto-capture-card-scripts pluto-confirm-dependencies pluto-convert-mac
  pluto-createdevice pluto-database-settings pluto-dcecommon pluto-dcerouter pluto-dhcpd-plugin pluto-disc-drive-functions
  pluto-disk-drive pluto-disk-monitor pluto-dummy-console-tools pluto-dynamic-dns pluto-generic-serial-device
  pluto-hal-device-finder pluto-hald pluto-hdhomerun pluto-install-scripts pluto-libresolution pluto-libserial
  pluto-local-database pluto-mcr-remote pluto-media-database pluto-messagesend pluto-messagetrans pluto-mythtv-plugin
  pluto-network-storage pluto-newmdinteractor pluto-orbitergen pluto-orbiterinstaller pluto-photo-screen-saver
  pluto-pluto-main-db pluto-pluto-media-db pluto-pluto-security-db pluto-pluto-telecom-db pluto-plutodhcp pluto-plutoutils
  pluto-pnp-detection pluto-proxy-orbiter pluto-qos pluto-ra pluto-raid-tools pluto-remoteassistance pluto-sample-media
  pluto-sdl-helpers pluto-security-database pluto-serializeclass pluto-shiftstate pluto-simplephone pluto-skins-basic
  pluto-slim-server-streamer pluto-slimserver-plugin pluto-sound-card-scripts pluto-sqlcvs pluto-std-plugins
  pluto-storage-devices pluto-system-database pluto-telecom-database pluto-test-serial-port pluto-text-to-speech
  pluto-updateentarea pluto-updatemedia pluto-voicemail-monitor pluto-website-admin pluto-windowsce-libraries
  pluto-x-scripts pluto-xine-player pluto-xine-plugin pluto-zwave-lighting

Doesn't look in SVN like all of these packages have been updated recently. (When 810 was under development, apt-get upgrade would only upgrade packages which had updates)

Is my 1004 system behaving as it should?

Users / GC-100 Expansion Cards
« on: October 21, 2011, 06:20:08 pm »
A difference between the GC-100-12 and GC-100-18 is the number of "expansion slots"... Yet global cache nor any of its distributors seem to make any mention of these expansion products being available for sale... is this a future item?

If I want more than 6 contact closure sensors today, is the best thing to buy multiple GC-100 units?

Users / Question for Hari RE ZWave
« on: October 20, 2011, 06:02:44 am »

I had some nodes "fall off" my LMCE Z-wave network and running HomeSeer's optimize seemed to rescue them.

Is there any similar feature available or planned in LMCE? (Or perhaps your driver routinely does this on its own?)



Users / Security Config - Backup Alarm Disarm
« on: October 18, 2011, 07:23:33 pm »
Hi all,

I'm planning my security system, and will be using my smartphone as the primary means of changing house modes and accessing security features.

In the instance that my smartphone battery dies (or cell network goes down, etc) I'm wondering what backup interface people typically use to enter their home. I was initially thinking of using a Z-wave door lock and having a keyed-unlock event disarm the house, but I read that LMCE doesn't support Z-wave door locks (yet).

I could place a tablet orbiter near the inside of the house entrance or something, but it's not ideal from a cost or wiring POV.



Users / MD Power On/Off Behavior
« on: October 17, 2011, 05:08:47 am »
Hydro is no longer included in my rent and so I am becoming obsessed with saving electricity (aka money).

A few questions:

1) If my MD is idle for a time (as specified in webadmin/orbiters) my AV peripherals (plasma TV, receiver, etc) get turned off. Is it possible to have my MD suspend in addition to turning off these peripherals? I poked around a bit in "respond-to-events" but couldn't find an event for an idle-timeout type thing.

2) When I power off my MD via the power menu, is it possible to first have it turn off my peripherals? Is there an editable scenario for this, or is it auto-generated? Likewise, when my MD powers up via the power menu, can I have it turn on my peripherals once the associated devices are started?

3) When my MD is powered down and I select an action via the orbiter such as play media, or any other action which requires the MD to be ON, can I have the MD turn on and then execute that action?

4) My MD takes 1:15 to resume from suspend-from-RAM. 80% of the resume seems to be starting the various LMCE devices. What might I do to speed this up?  What is the likely bottle-neck for this process?

Gigabit network, both the MD and CORE are 5600+ Athlon X2s with 2G RAM. Core runs on 7200RPM drives. Would an SSD in the core help much?

As you can see here, I'd like to reduce the number of button pushes that SWMBO needs to do to access various media/functions and save as much power as possible :)

Thanks in advance,


Users / [SOLVED] 10.04 Serial Control Bug
« on: October 01, 2011, 06:15:44 am »
Serial control of my TV seems to be broken in 10.04. I suspect there is an issue with because it is returning

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/dev/ (pci0000:00/0000:00:02.0+3)
Whereas LinuxMCE 0810 returns:

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/dev/ttyUSB0 (pci0000:00/0000:00:02.0+2:1.0)
Has anyone else got serial control working in 10.04?

Users / Inexpensive and Compact Audio Streaming Device
« on: September 13, 2011, 05:25:19 am »
Logitech killed the Squeezebox Receiver
Roku killed the Soundbridge

I want to buy something that's going to be supported by the manufacturer, and obviously by LinuxMCE.

What are my options?

Users / 0810 Final Released
« on: September 10, 2011, 10:16:04 pm »
Sorry if I'm stepping on anyone's toes, but I just noticed that the final version is available for download at

Is this the same as the RC? Haven't seen any version updates to the wiki since the RC.

Users / [SOLVED] RS232 Bug?
« on: May 27, 2011, 05:59:19 am »
I just did my first update in a few months and lost my TV's RS232 control. I discovered in webadmin that all the control codes had their slashes removed.

For example, what was previously
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is now
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and it won't let me re-insert the slashes.

1. Is this a bug?
2. Is there a workaround?



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